Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? This is the first serious intellectual biography of Guy Debord, prime mover of the Situationist International and author of The Society of the Spectacle, perhaps the seminal book of May in France. Anselm Jappe rejects recent attempts to set Debord up as a "postmodern" icon, arguing that he was a social theorist in the Hegelian-Marxist tradition--not a precursor of Jean Baudrillard but an heir of the young Georg Lukacs of History and Class Consciousness Neither hagiographical nor sectarian, Guy Debord places its subject squarely in his historical context: the politicizing Letterist and Situationist "anti-artists" who, in the European aftermath of World War II, sought to criticize and transcend the Surrealist legacy.
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This is the first and best intellectual biography of Guy Debord, prime mover of the Situationist International — and author of The Society of the Spectacle , perhaps the seminal book of the May uprising in France. His close reading of Debord's magnum opus supplies a superb gloss that has never been rivaled despite the great flood of writing on the Situationists in recent decades.
At the same time, Debord is placed squarely in context among the Letterist and Situationist anti-artists who, in the aftermath of World War II, sought to criticize and transcend the legacy of Dada and Surrealism. Guy Debord has been translated into many languages.
This PM Press reprint edition benefits from a new author's preface and a bibliographical update. Debord has got a somewhat undeserved reputation for having an impenetrable and complex writing style—a myth which Jappe goes a long way towards refuting by examining the major concepts in Society of the Spectacle and other works, and putting them in the context of a wider historical basis and in terms of the SI as a whole.
Debord's is no exception. Only sometimes writing has to reconcile itself to the idea that its time of instrumentality—its time as a weapon—lies a little in the future. Jappe's book is true to its subject, above all, because it reads Debord, and helps us read him, with that future in mind.
Clark, from the Foreword. Anselm Jappe was born in Bonn in He is the author of several works of critical theory. In his youth he was a member of the Situationist International —67 in Paris and a comrade-in-arms of Guy Debord. Clark is an English art historian and a sometime Situationist. He has taught at Harvard and Berkeley and written widely on the social character of modern art, notably in The Painting of Modern Life , Farewell to an Idea , and Picasso and Truth Click here for one-page information sheet on this product.
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A book about Guy Debord -- and Anselm Jappe's is far and away the best we have so far, I think -- ultimately stands or falls by what it has to say about two interlinked puzzles that stand at the heart of Debord's life and work. Such a book need not spell out these puzzles exactly as I do you will see that Jappe's terms are different , but I believe it ought to be driven and haunted as Jappe's undoubtedly is by a similar sense of broad questions constantly coming up about the nature of Debord's achievement, and getting harder to answer the more unavoidable they seem. The questions are these. First, how are we to understand the obvious but scandalous fact that in Debord's case politics was largely writing -- that it turned on the building of an inimitable polemical and expository style, assembled over decades, born from a series of engagements with, on, and against the French language?
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